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Rita Bachmann

Business Owner · Gardener · Teacher · Farmer ·
Rita’s Roots Backyard Harvest · Rooting Down Farms

With a recent degree from the College of Charleston, Rita Bachmann began her career in agriculture as an apprentice on a bountiful family farm in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in New York in 2004. She worked with an inspiring couple and their children pulling weeds, planting lettuce, thinning beets, and delivering freshly harvested produce to restaurants in New York City. As a result of her experience Mountain Dell Farm she became devoted to the ideal of organic, sustainable and locally grown food. A subsequent internship on Towani Organic Farm in central California added to her knowledge and passion, particularly in the areas of farmers markets, irrigation, Solanaceous crops and flowers.


Rita returned to Charleston in 2006 with hopes for continuing her newly developed farming skills in the
Lowcountry. She began by starting a small organically certified farm on Johns Island and quickly began to develop a following amongst area chefs. Over the next several seasons she partnered with several established farmers on Wadmalaw Island and taught them the value of organic farming and marketing through CSAs. She has been a regular and recognized figure at the Charleston Downtown Farmers’ Market and spent 18 months working at a hydroponic lettuce greenhouse in Huger, SC. Since the Spring of 2011 Rita has been assisting other like-minded vegetable lovers in establishing small, privately-owned, productive vegetable gardens and farms in the Lowcountry. Rita currently serves as the Dirtworks Incubator Farm Mentor working with five new and emerging farmers through a rural development program run by Lowcountry Local First. In addition to running Rita’s Roots Backyard Harvest and serving the incubator farmers, she resumed her passion for growing vegetables on a production scale in the Fall of 2013 operating as Rooting Down Farms on an acre at the Dirtworks Incubator Farm.


“Why do farmers farm, given the economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: “Love. They must do it for love.” Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in the presence of animals. They love to work outdoors. They love the weather. They love to live where they work and work where they live. They love the measure of independence that farm life can still provide.”

-Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food



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